The Foster Poetry Prize

Early Bird Deadline: October 15, 2021
(enter by this date and submit an extra poem at no additional charge!)

Final Contest Deadline: November 1, 2021

We’re thrilled to share the new name of our contest for emerging writers, formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize. Henceforth, the contest will be known as The Foster Poetry Prize, named in honour of CV2’s longtime editor and our dear friend, Clarise Foster.

To foster means to “encourage or promote development,” and with its connotations of encouragement, nurturing, and support, we felt that Clarise’s last name provided the perfect sentiment for this contest that’s centred around promoting and championing the work of emerging poets.

And with that, the contest is now open! Find full contest details and a link to submit below.

The Foster Poetry Prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Four honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize.

The winner of the 2020 contest (then known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize) was:

Amal Nura for “fiera”

Honourable Mentions went to:

Evan J for “How to grow fennel”
Carolyn Nakagawa for “If not trees”
Tharuna Abbu for “Tether”
Joshua Wales for “Try this game at home”

The prize-winning poems were published in our Spring 2021 Issue. Thank you to our wonderful 2020 judge, Terese Mason Pierre, and to everyone who submitted their work!

See the winners from previous years here.

2021 Contest Judge

Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio where she is their BIPOC Auntie supporting and mentoring BIPOC students. A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.

Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released with Talonbooks in 2015. Joanne Arnott described this collection as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2017, again with Talonbooks. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.” Her third book, a poetic memoir, Standing in the River of Time, will be released in 2022 with Talonbooks.

Full contest rules

  • Participating writers must not yet have published a full-length book of poetry.
  • Open to Canadian and International poets.
  • Entry fee: $26 (first entry, includes 1-year subscription), $16 (subsequent entries)
  • Due to high international shipping costs, the subscription term for contest entrants residing in the US is 9 months (3 issues). For international residents the subscription term is 3 months (1 issue).
  • Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines total.
  • Deadline for all contest entries: November 1, 2021 at 11:59pm central time.
  • Early Bird Deadline: Enter by October 15th and submit an extra poem at no additional charge!
  • Do not identify yourself on your attachment. Enter your name and address information in the form provided in Submittable. In the space reserved for a cover letter please enter the title(s) of your piece(s) and line count. On occasion, CV2 magazine makes subscriber names and addresses available to external organizations. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please state this clearly in the space reserved for a cover letter.
  • Your entry must be formatted on 8 1/2″ x 11″ using single spacing and a 12 point font.
  • Entries must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format using Submittable. If you encounter difficulties with Submittable please email
  • Winners of the 2021 contest will be notified by email (or telephone) and results will be available on the CV2 website in early January 2022.
  • Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition for which it is also eligible to win a prize.
  • Winning pieces will be published in CV2 magazine, with authors paid for publication.

Click Here To Submit